On Friday the 26th of October it became clear that all three Baltic countries were ready to enter into the Baltic-Nordic energy research cooperation initiated by Nordic Energy Research (NER).

The agreement took the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where the Baltic States and Nordic Energy Research signalled the will to finance a 24 million NOK research cooperation over four years.

Overall aim

The overall aim of the Programme is to promote energy research and analysis in the Baltic States and inspire intra-Baltic and Baltic-Nordic collaboration. This aim translates into three central actions:

  • Action no 1: Promotion of intra-Baltic and Baltic-Nordic research projects with participation of Baltic researchers,
  • Action no 2: A Baltic-Nordic Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) collaboration,
  • Action no 3: Exchange of energy researchers between the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Details on each action can be found below.

The CEO of Nordic Energy Research, Hans Jørgen Koch, stated that

“By launching this initiative we have taken an important step in creating a better exchange of ideas and knowledge between the Nordics and Baltics.  This co-operation will be vital if both regions are to remain globally competitive and energy-secure in the years to come.”

The memorandum of understanding will help pave the way for further research cooperation between the Nordics and Baltics and build upon the success of the Baltic Energy Technology Scenarios project.

Nordic Energy Research CEO Hans Jørgen Koch and Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Kadri Simson, sign the memorandum. Photos: Annika Haas/Norden.ee